SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. – March 24, 2009 - blinkx, the world’s largest and most advanced video search engine, today announced new partnerships with some of the world’s leading travel video sites, including LonelyPlanet.tv, Compulsive Traveler, and Overlander.tv. Through these partnerships, travel enthusiasts now have immediate access to the world’s most beautiful travel destinations and best travel tips. Leveraging its unique AdHoc platform, blinkx will also place contextually relevant advertising against these videos, and share resulting advertising revenue with the partners.
Seasoned globetrotters and armchair travelers alike can satisfy their wanderlust at www.blinkx.com. From Sydney’s Opera House down under, to the dunes of Huacachina, Peru, blinkx has video footage of just about every location on the map. Users can now find thousands of travel videos on blinkx, including traveler tales and tips from Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful independent travel information company, and stories from passionate trekkers from the Compulsive Traveler, which started as a series on CBS Television in 2002 and is now a video travel portal that showcases and distributes “videos for travelers, by travelers.” Also readily available are clips from Overlander.tv, a one-man crew that films all over the world and offers insight into incredible, never-before-seen destinations.
“Travel videos have always been hugely popular on blinkx. People now have the opportunity to tour a destination virtually before committing to an expensive plane ticket or a lengthy train ride,” said Suranga Chandratillake, founder and CEO of blinkx. “We expect to inspire all types of travelers by making these high quality travel videos available on blinkx.com, and look forward to more touring and trekking to come!”
“Travel is all about expanding horizons and sharing cultural experiences,” said Lainey Franks, director of client solutions, Lonely Planet Americas. “Our partnership with blinkx further enables us to fulfill this mission by extending our viewership across the globe. We are thrilled to bring our compelling footage to travelers everywhere so that they can share and learn from one another.”
As the pioneer in video search technology, blinkx has built a reputation as the smartest way to find rich media on the Web. The company has made more than 450 partners and indexed over 35 million hours of video and audio content to date.
blinkx plc (LSE AIM: BLNX) is the world's largest and most advanced video search engine. Today, blinkx has indexed more than 35 million hours of audio, video, viral and TV content, and made it fully searchable and available on demand. blinkx's founders set out to solve a significant challenge – as TV and user-generated content on the Web explode, keyword-based search technologies only scratch the surface. blinkx's patented search technologies listen to – and even see – the Web, helping users enjoy a breadth and accuracy of search results not available elsewhere. In addition, blinkx powers the video search for many of the world's most frequented sites. blinkx is based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.
About Lonely Planet
Established in 1973, Lonely Planet is one of the world’s leading travel media companies. With operations in Melbourne, London and Oakland, the company employs over 400 staff worldwide. Lonely Planet travel information is available across all media platforms, including travel guides, TV programming, wireless products and an award-winning website. In October 2007, BBC Worldwide acquired a 75% share in Lonely Planet. BBC Worldwide is the primary commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). For more information about Lonely Planet, visit our website at www.lonelyplanet.com.
About Compulsive Traveler
The CompulsiveTraveler.tv has been a video filmmaker for 15 years with a film library of 2500 hours on 65 countries. It launched its travel video website in 2007: www.compulsivetraveler.tv. The site showcases its own as well as video travel stories from invited filmmakers. CompulsiveTraveler.tv produced a highly rated travel series on CBS Television for several years, recently aired a special on the Travel Channel and works with destinations around the world to create and stream videos for their destination websites. In addition, CompulsiveTraveler.tv has developed proprietary technology for widely distributing its own and others' travel videos on the World Wide Web.
Overlander.tv features the travel videos of Australian filmmaker Mark Shea. Mark represents the new breed of 'backpack filmmaker' who can do it all, film, edit and tell a story. Mark's 'Meet a Local' concept whereby he interviews a local person at each location he visits, has proved to be a popular online series amongst the viewers of Overlander.tv.
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